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Do Heat Pumps Need a Lot of Repairs?


If you’re a new heat pump owner, or you’re considering becoming one, there may be some things you don’t know. After all, chances are, you’re much more familiar with air conditioners and furnaces, in terms of what to expect. Are there things to be aware of with your heat pump? They are pretty incredible systems. Does that mean they require more repairs than your AC or heater?

The truth of the matter is, there’s not a whole lot of difference between your heat pump and an air conditioner. Most of the basic components are the same, which means that most of the concerns and potential problems are also the same. But in order to take good care of your heat pump, there are a couple of things you should know.

Heat Pump Maintenance

Just like an air conditioner, heat pumps require maintenance. And just like an air conditioner, that maintenance involves things like cleaning away the dust and grit, lubricating the components that have moving parts, checking the whole system for problems, testing electrical components, and inspecting the coils to make sure there aren’t any places where refrigerant can leak out.

When this is done regularly and consistently enough, it keeps the heat pump’s efficiency high, ensures that it will work as effectively as possible, reduces the need for repairs, extends the lifespan of the system, and even keeps it under warranty. But there is a difference between the heat pump’s maintenance needs and the needs of an air conditioner.

Because your heat pump is doing more work, providing heat for your home as well as cooling, it accumulates more wear and tear. More grit works its way into the parts. More lubricant gets worn away. There are more opportunities for tiny things to start to go wrong. So your heat pump will need maintenance twice a year, ideally before you start using it for cooling and again before you start using it for heating.

Heat Pump Repairs

As long as you have this maintenance done twice a year, your need for repairs will be much lower than it otherwise would be. Maintenance can cut repair needs by 85%! But there are times when you might need heat pump repair in Lansing, MI. Here’s what you should know.

  • The Reversing Valve: This is the one major component that differs significantly from anything you’d find in your air conditioner, and it is how the heat pump switches between modes. If you can’t get your heat pump to switch at the start of the season, this is where your problem lies. Chances are, you just need to have the solenoid replaced, which is a straightforward repair.
  • The Compressor: Just like an air conditioner, heat pump operation completely relies on the compressor. If you allow your heat pump to keep running while it’s struggling with a problem, it will put a lot of strain on the compressor. This component is so expensive it might as well be irreplaceable, so when you do think you need heat pump repairs, get them done promptly so you don’t damage the compressor.

Whether you’ve got a simple question, such as how to change your heat pump’s air filter, or you’ve got a serious problem requiring prompt repair, we’re always happy to help you with your heat pump.

Contact A-1 Mechanical Heating & Cooling for heat pump services in Lansing, MI. Comfort and Character You Can Depend On.

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